The Pursuit of Power by Richard J. Evans
Europe 1815-1914

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The Pursuit of Power offers both a compelling big picture and a flavour of the time. Evans conveys the era’s “strangeness and familiarity”, revealing the many faces of a much-misunderstood century whose imperialism and revolutions remain influential.
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From the bestselling author of The Third Reich at War, a masterly account of Europe in the age of its global hegemony; the latest volume in the Penguin History of Europe series

Richard J. Evans, bestselling historian of Nazi Germany, returns with a monumental new addition to the acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series, covering the period from the fall of Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I. Evans’s gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. Among the great themes it discusses are the decline of religious belief and the rise of secular science and medicine, the journey of art, music, and literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the replacement of old-regime punishments by the modern prison, the end of aristocratic domination and the emergence of industrial society, and the dramatic struggle of feminists for women’s equality and emancipation. Uniting the era’s broad-ranging transformations was the pursuit of power in all segments of life, from the banker striving for economic power to the serf seeking to escape the power of his landlord, from the engineer asserting society’s power over the environment to the psychiatrist attempting to exert science’s power over human nature itself.
      The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the reader a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.


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About Richard J. Evans

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Richard J. Evans is professor of modern history at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defense of History, Lying About Hitler, and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power.
 
Published September 1, 2016 by Allen Lane. 731 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Sep 21 2016

An immensely readable work that considers incremental continental developments up to the outbreak of war in 1914.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Jerry Lenaburg on Nov 28 2016

This is an outstanding volume that leaves no stone unturned in providing a taut narrative of this important era of modern European history. Using dense and well written narrative and cogent analysis of cause and effect, Professor Evans has provided another excellent contribution to this series.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by David Bell on Aug 19 2016

Overall, this is not a book written under the sign of the “global turn” in history. Instead, in the end, it is high politics and war that Evans ends up stressing.

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Reviewed by Christopher Kissane on Nov 04 2016

The Pursuit of Power offers both a compelling big picture and a flavour of the time. Evans conveys the era’s “strangeness and familiarity”, revealing the many faces of a much-misunderstood century whose imperialism and revolutions remain influential.

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